To and From Boston, With Love

It was a beautiful spring day, long deserved after a brutal winter.  It was the perfect day for reenacting history, for a baseball game, and for a celebration of athletic prowess and endurance.

I have lived in Boston for nine years now, having spent four years of my late adolescence, as do so many in this city, attending one of its many fine institutions of higher learning.  Celebrating Marathon Monday remains one of my fondest memories from those years.  Standing on the streets of our city next to friends, neighbors, and strangers alike, cheering on runners from around the world.  Marathon Monday is a day when college rivalries dissolve, and Red Sox and Yankees fans stand next to one another, offering ‘high-fives’ to people facing the holy grail of athleticism head on.  It is a day where the people of Boston remember why we love this town so much.

For a single day each year, the world focuses its attention on our beautiful city.  And it is a limelight in which we revel.  We are not a London or Paris or New York City; the spotlight does not always shine on us.  We are a small city, but we are an intensely proud one.  We are a city of academics and students, doctors and nurses, lawyers and judges, athletes and champions.  We are a city that has faced adversity in the past – the Boston Marathon is run on the very day commemorating the brave patriots who fought British aggression on the battlefields outside of Lexington and Concord.  We are a city that mourned with our fellow Americans on 9/11, saddened further that our fair city was the origin for two of those doomed flights.  We are a city with a storied past, a history well known.

To all of the first responders – police, firefighters, doctors, nurses, paramedics, and EMTs, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your courage and diligence.  To the runners who finished the race and turned back to help or ran to local hospitals to donate blood – you truly are superhuman.  To the citizens of our city who opened up their hearts and homes, thank you for showing the world what Boston is truly all about.  And to the families that are mourning – know that we are hurting with you.

To the person or persons who perpetrated this cowardly act, you have messed with the wrong town.  You have gravely miscalculated how our city responds to violence that kills and injures innocent bystanders, especially when it comes to our children.  For when you perpetrate acts of terror against Boston, you are dealing not only with our city but with all of New England.  One only need to hear a speech from our mayor or attend a Boston sporting event to know that we proudly and fiercely defend her.  We are a town that does not easily forgive and never forgets.  We may talk a lot of trash in this town, but trust and believe that our bark is nowhere near as bad as our bite.

No single person can adequately describe yesterday’s events, and sometimes pictures do speak volumes.  The links below are from various writers and articles on the day’s events.  And they are each beautiful in their own way.

A perfect day, and then the unimaginable – The Boston Globe

Boston’s beloved day – The Boston Herald

If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and run a marathon – The Washington Post

Unbelievable Acts of Kindness – BuzzFeed

29 Reasons to Love Boston – BuzzFeed

So Close, Yet So Far – Amby Burfoot

Nurses rely on trauma experience to help wounded – CNN

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the ramblings of a medical professional by day, judgmental ginger by night
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3 Responses to To and From Boston, With Love

  1. Brian says:

    A good post about a senseless tragedy, but one that will not define our Boston.

  2. sqhc says:

    Reblogged this on Students for Quality Health Care and commented:
    To all those affected by yesterday’s tragedy in Boston…

  3. Pingback: Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon | You Think You Know

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